New Whitepaper Highlights Environmental NIMBYism

Housing Affordability Institute released a new whitepaper highlighting how environmental reviews have become a tool to block new housing.

“As California and Minneapolis have shown, environmental reviews have been weaponized by those whose goals are to block new housing, particularly at the more affordable price points,” said Nick Erickson, executive director of Housing Affordability Institute. “As states examine ways to address their housing challenges, placing guardrails on housing-related environmental reviews is needed.”


  • In California, nearly half of new housing in 2020 was subject to environmental review-related challenges.
  • In Minneapolis, the much-lauded 2040 Plan was tossed out of court because of a lawsuit over environmental reviews.
  • Placing guardrails on environmental reviews can provide a balance between the goals of increasing the supply of housing and protecting the environment.